List of named passenger trains

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The following is a list of named passenger trains and some summary information about them. The trains are sorted alphabetically.

See also: Famous trains

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Trains in Australia

Train Name Railroad Operator Train Endpoints Operating Years
Armidale-Moree XPL CountryLink Sydney, NSW-Armidale, NSW or Moree, NSW  
Brisbane XPT CountryLink Sydney, NSW-Brisbane, QLD  
Broken Hill XPL CountryLink Sydney, NSW-Broken Hill, NSW  
Canberra XPL CountryLink Sydney, NSW-Canberra  
Casino XPT CountryLink Sydney, NSW-Casino, NSW 2004-present
Central West XPT CountryLink Sydney, NSW-Dubbo, NSW  
Ghan Great Southern Railway Adelaide, SA-Darwin, NT 1929-present
Grafton XPT CountryLink Sydney, NSW-Grafton, NSW  
Griffith XPL CountryLink Sydney, NSW-Griffith, NSW  
Indian Pacific Great Southern Railway Perth, WA-Sydney, NSW 1970-
Intercapital Daylight   Melbourne, VIC-Sydney, NSW 1961-1991
Melbourne XPT CountryLink Melbourne, VIC-Sydney, NSW  
Murwillumbah XPT CountryLink Sydney, NSW-Murwillumbah, NSW until 2004
Prospector Transwa Perth, WA-Kalgoorlie,WA 1971-present
Southern Aurora   Melbourne, VIC - Sydney, NSW 1961 - 1986
Spirit of Progress Victorian Railways Melbourne - Albury 1937 - 1986
Spirit of the Outback Queensland Rail Brisbane-Longreach, QLD  
Sydney-Melbourne Express   Melbourne, VIC - Sydney, NSW 1986 - 1991
The Australind Transwa Perth, WA-Bunbury,WA
The Gulflander Queensland Rail Normanton-Croydon, QLD  
The Inlander Queensland Rail Townsville-Mount Isa, QLD  
The Overland Great Southern Railway Adelaide, SA-Melbourne, VIC
The Sunlander Queensland Rail Brisbane-Cairns, QLD  
The Westlander Queensland Rail Brisbane-Charleville, QLD  

Trains in Europe

Austria
Train Name Railroad Operator Train Endpoints Operating Years
Giacomo Puccini   AnconaVienna  
Orient Express   ParisVienna/Istanbul  
San Marco   VeniceVienna  
Bulgaria
Train Name Railroad Operator Train Endpoints Operating Years
Bulgaria Express   MoscowSofia  
(former) Czechoslovakia
Train Name Railroad Operator Train Endpoints Operating Years
Slovenska Strela   BratislavaPrague  
Vltava   MoscowPrague  
Finland
Train Name Railroad Operator Train Endpoints Operating Years
Aurora Borealis Express VR (Finnish railway company) HelsinkiRovaniemi  
Repin   HelsinkiSaint Petersburg  
Santa Claus Express VR (Finnish railway company) HelsinkiRovaniemi  
Sibelius VR (Finnish railway company) HelsinkiSaint Petersburg  
Tolstoi   HelsinkiMoscow  
France
Train Name Railroad Operator Train Endpoints Operating Years
Eurostar LondonParis 1994-present
Flèche d’Or CF du Nord/SNCF CalaisParis 1925-1972.
Mare Nostrum   CartagenaMontpellier  
Orient Express   ParisVienna/Istanbul  
Germany
Train Name Railroad Operator Train Endpoints Operating Years
Karwendel   BerlinGarmisch-Partenkirchen  
Hungaria   BudapestHamburg  
Hungary
Train Name Railroad Operator Train Endpoints Operating Years
Hungaria   BudapestHamburg  
Italy
Train Name Railroad Operator Train Endpoints Operating Years
Giacomo Puccini FS - Trenitalia AnconaVienna present
San Marco FS - Trenitalia VeniceVienna present
Tacito FS - Trenitalia TerniMilano present
Stendhal FS - Trenitalia VeneziaMilanoParis present
Freccia del Sud FS - Trenitalia TorinoSiracusaPalermo  
Italicus Ferrovie dello Stato RomaMunchen discontinued from 1974 after a terrorist attack
Bernina Express FS - Trenitalia TiranoSaint Moritz present
Trenino Verde (turistic train) MandasArbatax end ofXIX century - present
Val Gardena FS - Trenitalia BolzanoMunchen present
Leonardo da Vinci FS - Trenitalia MilanoMunchen present
Paganini FS - Trenitalia VeronaMunchen present
Michelangelo FS - Trenitalia RomaMunchen present
Garda FS - Trenitalia VeronaMunchen present
Tiepolo FS - Trenitalia VeneziaMunchen present
Brenner Express FS - Trenitalia Firenze/VeneziaMunchen present
Capri FS - Trenitalia NapoliMunchen present
Stradivari – Johann Strauss FS - Trenitalia VeneziaWien present
Don Giovanni FS - Trenitalia VeneziaPrague present
Tosca FS - Trenitalia RomaWien present
Goldoni FS - Trenitalia VeneziaLubjanaZgabrBudapest present
Casanova FS - Trenitalia VeneziaLubjana present
Venezia FS - Trenitalia VeneziaLubjanaZgabrBudapestBucharest present
Palatino FS - Trenitalia RomaFirenzeBolognaParigi present
Caravaggio – Dumas – Manzoni FS - Trenitalia MilanoTorinoParis present
Sanremo – Ligure – Riviera dei Fiori FS - Trenitalia MilanoNice present
Montecarlo FS - Trenitalia NapoliNice present
Russia
Train Name Railroad Operator Train Endpoints Operating Years
Bulgaria Express   MoscowSofia  
Repin   HelsinkiSaint Petersburg  
Sibelius   HelsinkiSaint Petersburg  
Tolstoi   HelsinkiMoscow  
Vltava   MoscowPrague  
Spain
Train Name Railroad Operator Train Endpoints Operating Years
Mare Nostrum   CartagenaMontpellier  
Picasso   BilbaoMálaga  
Switzerland
Train Name Railroad Operator Train Endpoints Operating Years
Bernina Express RhB Chur - Pontresina  
Glacier Express MGB and RhB Zermatt - St. Moritz  
Glarner Sprinter SBB Zürich - Linthal  
GoldenPass Line Zentralbahn, BLS, and MOB Luzern - Montreux  
Rheintal Express SBB St. Gallen - Chur  
Voralpen Express Südostbahn Luzern - Romanshorn  

Trains in the United Kingdom

Train Name Railway Companies Train Endpoints Operating Years
Atlantic Coast Express Southern Railway/British Rail LondonPlymouth 1927-1964
Bournemouth Belle Southern Railway/British Railways London, WaterlooBournemouth Central 1931-1967
Brighton Belle Southern Railway/British Railways London, VictoriaBrighton 1933-1972
The Bristolian GWR/British Rail/First Great Western LondonBristol 1935-present
Caledonian Sleeper First ScotRail Inverness, Aberdeen, Fort WilliamLondon  ???? - present
Cambrian Coast Express Great Western Railway/British Rail LondonAberystwyth/Pwllheli 1927-1991
Cathedrals Express GWR/British Rail/First Great Western LondonOxfordWorcesterHereford 1957-present
Cheltenham Spa Express
(The "Cheltenham Flyer")
GWR/British Rail/First Great Western LondonCheltenham Spa 1923-present
Cornish Riviera Express GWR/British Rail/First Great Western LondonPenzance 1904-present
Cornish Scot British Rail/Virgin Trains PenzanceGlasgow  ????-????
The Cornishman GWR/British Rail WolverhamptonPenzance 1951-1975
Coronation Scot LMS LondonGlasgow 1937-1939
Cotswolds and Malvern Express GWR/British Rail/Wessex Trains BristolGreat Malvern  ????-present
Devon Belle Southern Railway/British Rail LondonPlymouth/Ilfracombe 1947-1954
Devon Scot British Rail/Virgin Trains PlymouthCarlisleAberdeen  ????-????
The Devonian London, Midland and Scottish Railway/British Rail Bradford Forster Square – Bristol Temple Meads (Winter) ndash; Paignton (Summer)  ????-????
Virgin Trains PlymouthLeedsNewcastle-upon-Tyne  ????-????
Dorset Scot British Rail/Virgin Trains PooleNewcastle-upon-TyneEdinburgh  ????-????
Draig Gymreig / Welsh Dragon Virgin Trains HolyheadLondon 2004-present
Flying Scotsman GNR + NER / LNER / British Railways / British Rail / GNER LondonEdinburgh 1862-present
Golden Arrow Southern Railway/British Railways LondonDover 1929-1972
The Golden Hind First Great Western PenzanceLondon  ????-present
Highland Chieftain GNER InvernessLondon  ????-present
The Hull Executive British Rail/GNER LondonHull 1978-present
Irish Mail LNWR / LMS / British Rail/Virgin Trains LondonHolyhead 1849-????
The Master Cutler British Rail/Midland Mainline LondonSheffieldLeeds 1947-present
The Mayflower GWR/British Rail/First Great Western LondonPlymouth  ????-present
The Midlands Express British Rail/Midland Mainline LondonSheffield  ????-present
Night Ferry Southern Railway/British Rail LondonDover 1936-1980
Night Riviera First Great Western PenzanceLondon  ???? - present
Northern Lights GNER AberdeenLondon  ???? - present
Pines Express Joint SR+LMS, later British Railways ManchesterBournemouth 1927-1967
The Queen of Scots Scottish Highland Railway Company EdinburghEdinburgh 1988?-1992?
The Red Dragon GWR/British Rail/First Great Western LondonCardiffSwansea  ????-present
The Robin Hood British Rail/Midland Mainline LondonNottinghamSheffield  ????-present
The Royal Duchy GWR/British Rail/First Great Western LondonPenzance  ????-present
Royal Scot LNWR/LMS/British Rail/Virgin LondonGlasgow 1862-2003
Royal Wessex Southern Railway/British Railways London, WaterlooBournemouth 1951-?]]
The Saint David GWR/British Rail/First Great Western LondonCardiffSwansea  ????-present
Silver Jubilee LNER LondonNewcastle 1935-1939
Sussex Scot British Rail/Virgin Trains BrightonGlasgow  ????-????
Torbay Express GWR/British Rail LondonTorquayPaignton  ????-????
The Welshman LondonLlandudno/Pwllheli/Porthmadog  ????-????
Wessex Scot British Rail/Virgin Trains PooleGlasgow  ????-????

Trains in India

Train Name Railroad Operator Train Endpoints Operating Years
Deccan Odyssey
Deccan Queen
Fairy Queen
Frontier Mail
The Grand Trunk Express
Himsagar Express Indian Railways Kanniyakumari - Jammu Tawi
Island Express
Lifeline Express
Palace on Wheels
Rajdhani Express
Sabarmati Express
Samjhauta Express
Shatabdi Express
Tamil Nadu Express

Trains in Japan

Train Name Railroad Operator Train Endpoints Operating Years
Shinkansen/Bullet Train
Aoba JR East Tokyo - Morioka 1982-1995
Asahi JR East Tokyo - Niigata 1982-2004
Asama JR East Tokyo - Nagano 1998-
Hayate JR East Tokyo - Hachinohe 2002-
Hikari JR Central / JR West Tokyo - Okayama 1964 -
Hikari Rail Star JR West Shin-Ōsaka - Hakata 2000-
Kodama JR Central / JR West Tokyo - Shin-Ōsaka, or Shin-Ōsaka - Hakata 1964 -
Komachi JR East Tokyo - Akita 1997-
Nasuno JR East Tokyo - Koriyama 1995-
Nozomi JR Central, JR West Tokyo - Shin-Ōsaka, Hakata 1992-
Tanigawa JR East Tokyo - Echigo-Yuzawa 1997-
Toki JR East Tokyo - Niigata 1982-1997, 2004-
Tsubame JR Kyushu Shin-Yatsushiro - Kagoshima-Chuo 2004-
Tsubasa JR East Tokyo - Yamagata, Shinjo 1992-
Yamabiko JR East Tokyo - Morioka 1982-
Night Trains
Cassiopeia JR East Ueno - Sapporo  
Hokutosei JR East / JR Hokkaido Ueno - Sapporo  
Akebono JR East Ueno - Aomori  
Moonlight Echigo JR East Shinjuku - Nigata  
Hokuriku JR East Ueno - Kanazawa  
Noto JR East Ueno - Kanazawa  
Fuji JR Kyushu Tokyo - Oita  
Hayabusa JR Kyushu Tokyo - Kumamoto  
Sunrise Izumo   Tokyo - Izumoshi (via Okayama)  
Sunrise Seto JR Central / JR West Tokyo - Takamatsu  
Ginga JR West Tokyo - Osaka  
Moonlight Nagara JR Central Tokyo - Ogaki  
Twilight Express JR West Osaka - Sapporo  
Nihonkai JR West / JR East Osaka - Aomori  
Kitaguni JR West Osaka - Nigata  
Akatsuki JR West Kyoto - Nagasaki  
Naha JR Kyushu Shin-Ōsaka - Kumamoto  
Suisei JR West Kyoto - Minami Miyazaki -2005
Hamanasu JR Hokkaido Aomori - Sapporo  
Rishiri JR Hokkaido Sapporo - Wakkanai  
Marimo JR Hokkaido Sapporo - Kushiro  
Dream Nichirin JR Kyushu Hakata - Minami Miyazaki 1993-
Discontinued Night Trains (no longer in service)
Asakaze   Tokyo - Shimonoseki -March 2005
Daisen   Osaka - Yonago (via Tottori)  
Izumo JR Central Tokyo - Izumoshi (via Tottori) -March 2006
Nihonkai JR West Aomori - Hakodate -March 2006; Osaka-Aomori section still in operation
Sakura   Tokyo - Nagasaki -March 2005
Okhotsk (Ohotsuku) JR Hokkaido Sapporo - Abashiri -March 2006; Daytime service continues
Limited express trains (partial list)
Aizu JR East Koriyama - Auzu-Wakamatsu 1968-2002
Akagi / Weekend Akagi JR East Ueno, Shinjuku - Takasaki, Maebashi 1982-2002
Ayame JR East Tokyo - Narita, Kashima Jingu, Choshi 1975-
Azusa / Super Azusa JR East Shinjuku, Tokyo, Chiba - Matsumoto, Minami-Otari (Nagano) 1966-
Super Hitachi / Flesh Hitachi JR East Ueno - Katsuta, Iwaki, Sendai 1969-
Inaho JR East Niigata - Sakata, Akita, Aomori 1969-
Hakucho / Super Hakucho JR East / JR Hokkaido Hachinohe, Aomori - Hakodate 2002-
Hokuetsu JR East Niigata - Kanazawa 1969-
Kaiji JR East Tokyo, Shinjuku - Kofu, Ryuoh (Yamanashi) 1988-
Kamoshika JR East Akita - Aomori 1997-
Kinugawa / Spacia Kinugawa JR East / Tobu Shinjuku - Kinugawa Onsen (Tochigi) 2006-
Kusatsu JR East Ueno - Manza-Kagawaguchi (Gumma) 1985-
Narita Express JR East Tokyo area - Narita Airport 1991-
Nikko JR East / Tobu Shinjuku - Tobu-Nikko 2006-
Odoriko / Super View Odoriko JR East Tokyo, Shinjuku, Ikebukuro - Ito, Shimoda 1981-
Sazanami JR East Tokyo - Kimizu, Tateyama 1972-
Shiosai JR East Tokyo, Shinjuku - Sakura, Choshi 1975-
Ohayo Tochigi, Hometown Tochigi JR East Shinjuku - Utsunomiya, Kuroiso 1995-
Tsugaru JR East Hachinohe - Hirosaki 2002-
Wakashio JR East Shinjuku - Katsuura, Awa-Kamogawa 1972-
Asagiri JR Central / Odakyu Shinjuku - Numazu 1991-
Fujikawa JR Central Kofu - Shizuoka 1996-
Hida JR Central Nagoya - Takayama, Toyama 1968-
Inaji JR Central Toyohashi - Iida 1996-
Nanki JR Central Nagoya - Kii-katsuura (Wakayama) 1978-
Shinano JR Central Osaka, Nagoya - Nagano 1968-
Tokai JR Central Tokyo - Shizuoka 1996-
Super Inaba JR West Okayama - Tottori 1993-
Haruka JR West Kyoto/Shin-Ōsaka - Kansai Airport 1993-
Kinosaki JR West Kyoto - Kinosaki Onsen  
Kita-Kinki JR West Shin-Osaka, Fukuchiyama - Toyooka, Kinosaki Onsen 1986-
Kuroshio, Super Kuroshio, Ocean Arrow JR West Kyoto, Shin-Osaka, Tennoji - Wakayama, Shingu  
Ohayo Express, Oyasumi Express JR West Fukui - Kanazawa - Toyama, Nanao  
Super Oki JR West Tottori - Yonago, Shin-Yamaguchi  
Raicho, Thunder Bird JR West Osaka - Kanazawa, Toyama, Uozu, Wakura Onsen  
Shirasagi JR West Nagoya, Maibara - Kanazawa, Toyama, Tomari, Wakura Onsen  
Lilac JR Hokkaido Sapporo - Asahikawa 1980-
Okhotsk (Ohotsuku) JR Hokkaido Sapporo - Abashiri 1972-
Super Hokuto, Hokuto JR Hokkaido Hakodate - Sapporo 1965-
Super Ozora JR Hokkaido Sapporo - Kushiro 1961-
Super Soya, Sarobetsu JR Hokkaido Sapporo - Wakkanai 2000-
Super Tokachi, Tokachi JR Hokkaido Sapporo - Obihiro 1990-
Super White Arrow JR Hokkaido New Chitose Airport/Sapporo - Asahikawa 1986-
Suzuran JR Hokkaido Muroran - Sapporo 1992-
Ashizuri JR Shikoku Kochi - Nakamura  
Ishizuchi JR Shikoku Takamatsu - Matsuyama, Uwajima  
Nanpu JR Shikoku Okayama - Kochi, Nakamura, Sukumo  
Shimanto JR Shikoku Takamatsu - Kochi, Sukumo  
Shiokaze JR Shikoku Okayama - Iyo-Saijo, Matsuyama, Uwajima  
Uzushio JR Shikoku Okayama, Takamatsu - Tokushima  
Uwakai JR Shikoku Matsuyama - Uwajima  
Ariake JR Kyushu Mojiko (Fukuoka), Kokura, Hakata - Kumamoto, Higo-Otsu, Hikari-no-mori (Kumamoto) 1967-
Huis Ten Bosch JR Kyushu Hakata - Huis Ten Bosch (Nagasaki) 1992-
Kaiou JR Kyushu Hakata - Nogata 2001-
Kamome JR Kyushu Hakata - Nagasaki 1961-
Kirameki JR Kyushu Hakata - Kokura, Mojiko (Fukuoka) 2001-
Kirishima JR Kyushu Miyazaki, Kokubu - Kagoshima-Chuo 1995-
Kumagawa JR Kyushu Kumamoto - Hitoyoshi 2004-
Kyushu Odan Express JR Kyushu Beppu - Hitoyoshi 2004-
Midori JR Kyushu Hakata - Sasebo 2004-
Relay Tsubame JR Kyushu Hakata - Shin-Yatsushiro 2004-

Trains in New Zealand

Train Name Railroad Operator Train Endpoints Operating Years
Bay Express New Zealand Railways Corporation, Tranz Scenic Wellington - Napier 1989-2001
Blue Streak New Zealand Railways Department 1968: Auckland - Hamilton, 1968-72: Auckland - Wellington, 1972-77: Wellington - New Plymouth 1968-1977
Capital Connection Tranz Metro, Tranz Scenic Palmerston North - Wellington 1991-present
Culverden Express New Zealand Railways Department Christchurch - Culverden (later Parnassus) 1886-1945?
Daylight Limited New Zealand Railways Department Wellington - Auckland 1925-1963
Endeavour New Zealand Railways Department Wellington - Napier (and for some years, Gisborne) 1972-1989
Geyserland Express New Zealand Rail, Tranz Scenic Auckland - Rotorua 1991-2001
Kaimai Express New Zealand Rail, Tranz Scenic Auckland - Tauranga 1991-2001
Kingston Flyer New Zealand Railways Department Gore and Invercargill - Kingston 1890s-1957
Lynx Express Tranz Scenic Picton - Christchurch 1994-1995
Napier Express New Zealand Railways Department Wellington - Napier 1891-1954
Night Limited New Zealand Railways Department Wellington - Auckland 1924-1971
Notherner New Zealand Railways Department, Tranz Scenic Wellington - Auckland 1975-2004
Northland Express New Zealand Railways Department Auckland - Opua 1925-1956
Overlander New Zealand Rail, Tranz Scenic Wellington - Auckland 1991-present
Picton Express New Zealand Railways Department Christchurch - Picton 1945-1956
Rotorua Express New Zealand Railways Department Auckland - Rotorua 1894-1959
Scenic Daylight New Zealand Railways Department Wellington - Auckland 1963-1968
Silver Fern New Zealand Railways Department Wellington - Auckland 1972-1991
Silver Star New Zealand Railways Department Wellington - Auckland 1971-1979
Southerner New Zealand Railways Department, Tranz Scenic Christchurch - Invercargill 1970-2002
South Island Limited New Zealand Railways Department Christchurch - Invercargill 1949-1970
Taneatua Express New Zealand Railways Department Auckland - Taneatua 1929-1959
Thames Express New Zealand Railways Department Auckland - Thames 1908-1928
TranzAlpine New Zealand Railways Corporation, Tranz Scenic Christchurch - Greymouth 1987-present
TranzCoastal New Zealand Railways Corporation, Tranz Scenic Christchurch - Picton 1988-present
Waikato Connection Tranz Scenic Hamilton - Auckland 2000-2001
Wairarapa Connection New Zealand Railways Department, Tranz Metro Masterton - Wellington 1964-present

Trains in North America

Canada, Mexico and the United States

Due to this list's size, it has been split into sub-articles. Please reference the appropriate page below, based on the first character of the train's name.

List of North American named passenger trains

0-9, A-C, D-H, I-M, N-Z

References

  • Wayner, Robert J., ed. (1972). Car Names, Numbers and Consists. Wayner Publications, New York, NY. 
  • Freeman Allan, J.. Famous Trains. Ian Allen Publications, Surrey, UK. 
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